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Ministering to Veterans

There is an increasing need for faith communities to partner in the readjustment process of soldiers returning home, as many as 30 percent of whom may struggle with Post Traumatic... read more >

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Governance Tips

Governance that works, effective leadership for theological schools (2015) from Auburn Seminary [Read more] ... read more >

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Baylor Survey: Measuring Religious Values

The Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion received a major three-year grant to conduct a nationally representative multi-year study of religious values, practices, and behaviors with regard to consumption of... read more >

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Alban Institute Blogs Offer Opportunities to Explore Ministry

The Alban Institute, a major resource for American congregations facing the challenges of a changing society, hosts several blogs that offer you an opportunity to join conversations on current topics,... read more >

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Introducing a Theology of Articulation

The Theology of Articulation requires testimony, community and authenticity as it seeks to put words to the experience of incarnation in the daily lives of suffering people. The concept grew... read more >

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How Congregations do Social Service

In this chapter from the 2004 book, Congregations in America, Mark Chaves argues that churches typically engage in social services in a peripheral way. Most try to meet individual emergency... read more >

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Faith-Based Initiatives – the Impact on Churches

The 1996 reform to the federal welfare program included a provision allowing faith communities to compete for federal social service dollars. Using comparative data from the National Congregations Study, this... read more >

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Can Congregations Provide Enough Social Service?

In 1998 the average church had $1,000 in savings and just 11 percent had a one-year financial cushion. Between 1965 and 1994, the percentage of Americans regularly attending worship dropped... read more >

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An Insightful Leadership Blog

The Call & Response daily blog offers intriguing discussion about religious leadership. The blog, described as “your space for daily insight, inspiration and discussion about Christian leadership,” posts items that... read more >

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Lessons from the Waco Tragedy

Nancy Ammerman, one of the experts consulted by the FBI in the aftermath of the Waco, Texas, Branch Davidian disaster, reviews the culture of the both the Bureau of Alcohol,... read more >

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The Power of Questions

"Questioning is a uniquely powerful tool for unlocking value in organizations: It spurs learning and the exchange of...

Churches - Buildings and Congregations, 5 Do's & Don't

A church is both building and people, bricks and mortals. First came the attendance decline among mortals; a...

Only 91 percent of Men Think Killing is Wrong

Keeping the Sabbath was the least popular of the commandments among religious “nones,” with 20 percent saying it is...

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